Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man

DVD - 2005
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"Acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers"--Container. Features Treadwell's video footage.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2005.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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oPod
Oct 09, 2018

Exploring the late Grizzly Man from different angles reveals a man of conviction, controversy and craziness. The coriner's explanation of his and girlfriend Amie's demise told only as a desensitized coriner can. A collage of Grizzly Man's self recordings and of the documentarian's posthumous investigative interviews woven together with insightful narration the mysterious man who engaged nature and struggled with himself and human civilization becomes a little bit more relatable. Before he was Grizzly Man, it was his struggles with humanity and addiction that drove him to nature and the bears to save himself. As he raged against society and claimed to be protecting the bears, he just as well might have been saving himself more so than the bears. After a seemingly successful summer with the bears, on what he planned to be his way back to civilization from the Alaskan frontier, it was an unfortunate encounter with airline customer service that was the catalyst that sent him back to the wilderness and bears late in the season, at a bad time and for the last time. A somewhat bleak, but fair and evenhanded presentation allows the audience to make up their own minds about Grizzly Man and what he means to them.

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pbhansen
Aug 22, 2018

Very strange man - very strange documentary.
Would not recommend!

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ausnos
Jul 08, 2018

I was and am still conflicted with how I feel about the late Treadwell, and his filming of bears. On one hand, I admire his love of animals and nature, but on the other I felt he was far too much of an extremist. The entire movie, especially when the coroner was describing the audio of the death, sent chills down my back. Wow.

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Greta1andlucy2
Jun 30, 2018

Interesting doc in that you dont see many like it. Maybe he was kind of crazy doing what he did,
but I have to agree with him in that he seems to relate more to the animals than people, and most of the time I feel the same.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Decent documentary to watch.

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Calvacade
Sep 20, 2017

Werner Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man.

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Janice21383
Jul 18, 2017

As many have said, disturbing, but not in the way you may assume. With the increased urbanization of our culture has come an increased love of the natural world, but with a decreased understanding of it. To be blunt, city people with Disney stars in their eyes are tramping around the hinterlands interacting with wild animals. Timothy Treadwell was an extreme, but in some ways representative example of well-meaning humans in the 21st century, who exploit nature for their emotional, rather than their financial benefit. Director Werner Herzog and other critics are perhaps too hard on him: Treadwell did have a genuine connection to nature; it was not all sentimental illusion. Still, one can give him credit for a good heart, while criticizing him for poor judgement, which brought destruction on himself and the animals he loved. An extra star for Richard Thompson's moody guitar soundtrack.

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1957Rick
Mar 31, 2017

A terrific film about what NOT to do in the wild. It sheds great light on the life of that man and what happened to his woman friend.

This is one great movie! This man really did understand bears, even the old bear who ate the man. In the movie he tells about this bear, and predicted it might kill him, and ten days later it did just like he thought it would. Once he chased it away, but the second time it attacked, I live with bears too. slept with wounded grizzlies, took care of and raised bear cubs. One bear even did my laundry. They have never hurt me, but I have been charged by some forty bears or more. Stand you ground, and talk softly to them, and hope they will stop. The males or boars who charge are the worst, some 95 percent of them will kill on a given charge. The female or sows will stop most of the time, they are just protecting the young, and they don't want to hurt or be hurt themselves. Remember one thing that they are wild animals and should be treated as such, they have power beyond your imagination, I have seen it many times, and they do and will kill humans, after all we are food to them. But one should learn of love them and all animals of nature and show your respect at all times. Fear bears? I do not never! But watching them do their bear stuff is amazing, once I was about three feet away from a bear, and mountain lion, going at it, the sow protecting her cubs. Guess who won?

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kimocrossman
Mar 30, 2016

I'm concerned that Herzog's films are categorized as documentaries. It's becoming evident over his filmography that he often invents significant characters into his version of documentaries. See his ‘Minnesota Declaration' http://offscreen.com/view/herzog_documentary_fiction

Some of the characters are quite difficult to believe in this film and it's not even clear the audio is real - yes it can be found on the internet but is it something he created too to spice things up?

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Jan 23, 2018

Werner Herzog: I believe the common denominator of the universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility, and murder.

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